Rugby Union Today: Loose Pass and Five takeaways

Date published: September 15 2020

Another busy day in the rugby union game as Loose Pass returned to Planet Rugby to provide its unique take on several topics in the sport.

What’s on the site

Loose Pass once again delved into a number of topics, including the recent stand-off between New Zealand and Australia, the excitement in Europe over the Champions Cup’s return and the emergence of America as a possible Rugby World Cup host.

Meanwhile, features writer James While delves into the action in England’s top-flight with ‘Five takeaways from the Premiership weekend,’ which includes the race for the play-offs, players who are emerging as contenders for England and Leicester Tigers’ resurgence.

We also have the video highlights from Round 20 of the Premiership, starting at Allianz Park and ending at Kingsholm.

What’s in the news

The dates for the two Bledisloe Cup Tests in New Zealand have been confirmed by New Zealand Rugby, with the All Blacks set to play the Wallabies in Wellington on Sunday, October 11 and a week later in Auckland on Sunday, October 18.

Elsewhere, Leinster second-row James Ryan believes they will have to be at their best when they host Saracens in their Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

What’s on social media

The Springboks relived their epic victory against the All Blacks which happened two years ago today.

What’s on TV

After an eight-month break, the biggest competition in Europe returns. BT Sport will show all four ties in the Champions Cup with Leinster’s clash against Saracens the highlight of the weekend.

Elsewhere, Super Rugby AU concludes on Saturday as the Brumbies take on the Reds in Canberra. That game will be shown on Sky Sports, a channel which also has all the Mitre 10 Cup action.